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Michelle Geric's research interests are in late eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and cultural history, Romantic and Victorian poetry, exchanges between literature, science and politics, and specifically the relationship between poetry and geology and language theory. I also have interests in Bakhtinian critical theory and nineteenth-century art and visual culture. late eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature, science and specifically poetry and geology.

I began teaching at Westminster in 2007 and I am now Senor Lecturer in English Literature in the School of Humanities. I am module leader for the BA second year English Literature Tutorials and for the first year Poetry and Politics module. I also teach on the Nineteenth Century module.

I was educated at Birkbeck College, University of London (MA in Victorian Studies, 2001, and PhD in English, 2006), and at the University of Northampton (BA Hons in English Literature & History of Art, 2000). My main research interests are in literature and science, with a particular focus on poetry and geology in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century.

I am also Reviews Editor for the online, open-access Journal of Literature and Science.

Teaching

I have been teaching since 2003 and have been an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2008. 

Before coming to Westminster I taught a range of modules for the School of English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London, covering a variety of subjects including English literature and literary critical theory, as well as cultural history, the history of art and visual culture. I have also delivered course for the BA English, Cultural Studies and Fine Arts programmes at the University of Northampton. I have taught modules focusing on a variety of literary periods, however, my specialist teaching areas include Romantic and Victorian literature, poetry, poetics, the exchanges between literature and science, as well as art in the nineteenth century.

Research

I have research interests in late eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and cultural history, Romantic and Victorian poetry, exchanges between literature, science and politics, and specifically the relationship between poetry and geology and language theory. I also have interests in Bakhtinian critical theory and nineteenth-century art and visual culture.

I have published on the poetry of Alfred Tennyson in relationship to the sciences of geology and palaeontology in Victorian Poetry and Victorian Literature and Culture. I have also published on Percy Bysshe Shelley's poetry and geological theory in Romanticism. I am a member of the British Society for Literature and Science and the British Association of Victorian Studies.

I am currently Reviews Editor for the online, open-access Journal of Literature and Science. The JLS, which is dedicated to the publication of academic articles on the subject of literature and science, also reviews an eclectic range of scholarly articles published in the last eighteen months and at the cutting edge of current research on literature and science.

My wider research interests are concerned with the relationship between literature, geological theory, politics and philosophy. I am interested in a number of lines of ideas: the ways in which new theories in geology offered writers models for imagining historical change and political progress; the influence emerging methods in geology had on the development of theories of language in the nineteenth century, and, more broadly, the complex interplay between poetic language and scientific/geological writing.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.